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Sin Ming Blk 22 Teochew Braised Duck · Hup Seng Duck Rice 合成鸭饭

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Lovely Teochew braised duck at Hup Seng Duck Rice in Block 22, Sin Ming Road. It's the favourite of many people.

Stall name: Hup Seng Duck Rice 合成鸭饭


Address: 22 Sin Ming Road, Singapore 570022


Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Upper Thomson station


Tel: 6454 3810


Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm (Thurs off)



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I know this corner coffee shop of block 22, Sin Ming Road well. For a few years, this was one of our regular lunch haunts. 
This is a nice though busy kopitiam. The place is bright, airy, clean and well kept.

When we come here we would order two types of soups - the famous Teochew bak kut teh from Rong Cheng and salted vegetable duck soup (kiam chye ark) from Hup Seng.

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Sometimes, we only ordered Hup Seng's duck soup which was my favourite - I like its blend of peppery, tangy, salty flavours and fall-off-the-bone soft-tender duck meat. Strangely, for whatever reason, when we were here, we never ordered any other types of food 🤔 🤷 

Well..., except at night when we come here for Ah Orh Seafood which literally became a legend in our memories only (it closed in 2015 😓 ).

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I came here at 10:30am to avoid the lunch crowd and there was already a queue of around 5 - 6 people. It got longer by the time I finished eating. (It's been over 10 years since I last ate at Hup Seng.)

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For the first time in decades, I ordered duck meat but not the salted vegetable duck soup at Hup Seng. I was on a solo mission this morning and wanted to save ammo (calories) for a second target.

Anyway, everything here for $4.80 altogether.

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I requested for breast meat, my favourite cut for braised duck. The pieces of meat came splashed with a watery dark sauce. The sauce in true Teochew style was not thickened with starch.

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Though not quite stellar cutting skills, t
he braised duck meat was tender and moist with subtle duck gamey taste overlaid with gentle savoury herbal flavours from the dark sauce. I like the tender texture, and layered taste profile.

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The soup was more herbal, less savoury (different from the more savoury, less herbal duck sauce).

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A spoonful of white rice with dark sauce and braised duck followed by a spoonful of soup felt so blissful.

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Hup Seng provides a watery pulpy, quite sharp sourish spicy chili sauce that complements the duck meat well (that is, if you like sourish zesty zing).

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I enjoyed Hup Seng's braised duck. Didn't finish the rice to save some calories and carbs to make room for my second target. But, it turned out that I should have ordered Hup Seng's salted vegetable duck soup instead (my second foray didn't turn up anything inspiring).
            


Written by Tony Boey on 17 Jan 2022

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